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Lived most of his life in Douglas and Ozark counties Bernie Ivan Smith, son of John Smith and Minnie (Miller) Smith, was born April 28, 1929 in Ozark County, Mo. Bernie was a truck driver and also worked at Dayco and Kraft in Springfield. On Oct. 30, 1948 Bernie was united in marriage to Anita Linder. To this union five children were born.
Bernie lived most of his life in Douglas and Ozark counties.
He loved playing pitch, horseshoes and with his grandchildren, along with gardening and laughing with people.
Bernie was preceded in death by his parents and an infant son, Danny Wayne.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Anita; four daughters, Sue Smith, of Springfield, Donna and Larry Scribner, Judy Wilson and Rodger, Marsha Blakey and Ellis, all of Ava; eight grandchildren, Bryan Johnson, Kena Smith, Mark, and Ashley Wilson, Shannon Wilson, Chase and Michika Blakey, John Blakey, and Chris and Ashley Scribner and J.J. Scribner; seven great-grandchildren, Shael and Ireland Wilson, Blythe and Chesnea Blakey, Jaylin Wilson, Kylee Williams and Konnor Scribner; and one sister, Glenda and Gordon Sanders of Ava.
Services will be held today (Thursday, July 17) at 10 a.m., in Clinkingbeard Chapel at Ava, with the Rev. Robert Roberts and the Rev. Neal Crum officiating. Interment will follow at the Brushyknob Cemetery. Visitation was held on Wednesday evening from 6-7 p.m. The family requests memorials to Seasons Hospice, 1831 West Melville, Springfield MO 65803. Services are being conducted by Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava. On line condolences may be made at www.clinkingbeardfuneralhome. com.